Internships – the gateway to the real world and beyond, where you make lasting connections and learn the ropes of the industry. If you’re just entering the internship world, it can be very daunting and stressful. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back with these do’s and don’ts of internship life.

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Ah the interview process – it’s an exciting, albeit nervous time for most people. The simple fact is every single interviewer is different and searching for different things. Combine that with the pressure of having to come across as the best candidate while staying true to yourself and not being too cheesy is a professional minefield. That being said, here are three simple tips for absolutely rocking it at your next interview.

  1. Dress The Part– As a rule of thumb, we always suggest you dress a little bit dressier than the place where you’re interviewing requires. Our office usually dresses casually, but that doesn’t mean we want an applicant coming to interview in jeans and a V-neck. Step it up a bit – you’re there to impress!
  2. Breathe– Seriously, just breathe. Silence is not your enemy. Don’t be terrified to pause and collect your thoughts. When you don’t breathe and collect your thoughts, you run the risk of talking yourself in circles and nobody will remember what the question (or answer) was.
  3. Be Prepared– Give yourself plenty of time to get to your interview. If you show up too early, just sit in your car and run over your information one more time. Have a copy or two of your resume, cover letter and any work samples that you have. We also suggest you have a copy of you portfolio just in case. And, for the love of all that is good, have some questions prepared to ask at the end of the interview.

Think you’re ready to put your interview skills to the test? You’re in luck! Wellington Group Marketing & PR is hiring our next rockstar intern. Interested? Send your resume, cover letter and writing samples to Sarah Smith at sarah@wellingtongrouppr.com.

Dawn Psaromatis

One of the Wellington Group Marketing & PR core values is “laugh hard, work hard,” and boy do we live up to it. Our office is a tight-knit group of individuals with quirky personalities and passionate spirits. Our team is incredibly unique, and we want to invite you to see a little behind the scenes of what it’s like to be surrounded with so many strong-willed and impressive individuals.

Our next team member to introduce to you is Dawn, our fearless team leader. Dawn is described as remarkable, talented, joyful and a prankster by the rest of the WGPR team. She may hide shrimp tails in your desk for a laugh, but Dawn truly is a one-of-a-kind person with an outstanding sense of humor.

What is your favorite animal?
Goats (fainting goats to be exact)

What’s your favorite color?
Orange and pink

What’s your favorite book?
Pillars of the Earth or East of Eden

What’s your favorite movie?
Sliding Doors

What’s your favorite TV show?
CBS Sunday Morning

What is your favorite song?
My List, Me and You and Your Great Name

What is your favorite food?
Pizza

What is your favorite outdoor activity?
Wakeboarding

What is your favorite form of exercise?
Power walking, running or weight lifting – anything I can do

What is your favorite time of year?
Fall (cooler temperature, beautiful colors, winding down the year, holidays) and Spring (new beginnings)

At what age did you become an adult?
Middle school

If you could be any fictional character, who would you be?
Hermione Granger

If you won the lottery, what would you spend it on?

  • Securing my son’s college fund and savings
  • Paying off any debt/credit card balances
  • Paying off my family’s debt/credit card balances (including my sister’s tuition)
  • A home in Austin (this includes mother-in-law quarters in the back) and a home in Steamboat
  • An office with a test kitchen for Wellington Group Marketing & PR
  • Surprise vacation for my team members
  • Fixing my car and giving it to someone (for free)
  • Buying me a new car
  • 10% for our church
  • A big donation for the missionary we sponsor in Rwanda
  • Adopting a child (or children)
  • A condo and car for our nanny
  • A scholarship fund for underprivileged kids (starting to work with them in middle school)
  • A private plane
  • A boat

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?Jesus, Jimmy Fallon and Bono

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
Anything about my character and humor (and my legs)

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Fiji and New Zealand

What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
My husband and son

How would you describe your personal style?
Classic

Books can add so much good to your life – they can inspire, offer escape, bring clarity and ease stress. So, grab a cozy blanket and a cup of tea (or coffee if you’re like Jenn), because we are sharing our favorite reads (as of late).

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie KondoJulia: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
“If you’re like me and love to be organized, but organization doesn’t come naturally to you… you need this book. Marie Kondo is an adorable person who truly has a passion and love for tidying up. Her enthusiasm is contagious and, if you follow her method, it’ll change your life.”

 

The Defining Decade

 

Anna: The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–And How to Make the Most of Them Now by Meg Jay, PhD
“If you’re in your 20’s, this book is a must. Spending the past few years in marketing, I’ve heard the term “Millennials” used as a noun, adjective, stereotype and excuse. This book puts all the labels aside and challenges you to evaluate YOUR life – not anyone else’s. Your twenties are a time to make mistakes, learn what works and grow, so don’t waste them inside your comfort zone playing it safe.”

 

The Creation of ANne BoleynSarah: The Creation of Anne Boleyn by Susan Bordo
“I was raised with the stories about King Henry VIII and his wives and was always fascinated by the Tudor family. Anne Boleyn has such a tumultuous history that is shrouded in a lot of rumor and propaganda. This book helped me look at Anne Boleyn in a different way and realize how the “tale of Anne Boleyn” has been twisted and turned to meet the culture of the time. Fun fact: she did not have a 6th finger!”

 

whered-you-go-bernadetteRachel: Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
Where’d You Go, Bernadette is a captivating story about Bernadette Fox, a design maven, wife and mom who leads a normal life and suddenly goes missing. I love how each section is written from a different character’s point of view – eventually all of the conversations sync up to uncover where/why Bernadette vanished!“

 

Brené Brown Rising Strong

Jenn: Rising Strong by Brené Brown
“To vulnerably own your story and write the ending how you choose…it’s inspiring, empowering and incredibly freeing. I find myself living a little stronger, a little braver and a little more courageous.

 

 

Imagine Heaven

Dawn: Imagine Heaven by John Burke
“It’s written by a local pastor who studied accounts of people who have had near-death experiences (NDEs). An inspirational journey through the Bible’s picture of heaven, colored with real-life stories of heaven’s wonders, I have a clearer understanding of life after death.“

 

 

The 5000 year leapMichael: The 5000 Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen
“This should be mandatory reading for every American. The book describes the 28 Principles of Freedom our Founding Fathers said, “must be understood and perpetuated by every people who desire peace, prosperity, and freedom,” and how adherence to these beliefs during the past 200 years has brought about more progress than was made in the previous 5,000 years.”

One of the Wellington Group Marketing & PR core values is “laugh hard, work hard,” and boy do we live up to it. Our office is a tight-knit group of individuals with quirky personalities and passionate spirits. Our team is incredibly unique, and we want to invite you to see a little behind the scenes of what it’s like to be surrounded by so many strong-willed and impressive individuals.

Our next team member to introduce to you is Michael, our phenomenal Godfather of Strategy & Details. Michael is described as brilliant, a perfectionist and dependable by the rest of the WGPR team. Hard working and always ready to save the day, we can always count on Michael to keep us all in line! So, without further ado, we introduce:

Michael Ford Wellington

What is your favorite animal? Gorilla

What’s your favorite color? Blue

What’s your favorite book? The Grapes of Wrath

What’s your favorite movie? Forrest Gump

What’s your favorite TV show? Nurse Jackie

What is your favorite song? Color My World (Chicago)

What is your favorite food? Prime Rib

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Gardening

What is your favorite form of exercise? Yard work

What is your favorite time of year? Summer

At what age did you become an adult? About age 3

If you could be any fictional character, who would you be? The Invisible Man

If you won the lottery, what would you spend it on? An airplane and a beach house

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? Gen. George Patton

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received? “You’re the best boss I’ve ever had.”

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Australia

Favorite sports teams? Atlanta Braves/Atlanta Falcons/San Antonio Spurs/University of Texas Longhorns football/USAF Academy Falcons (all sports)

What is the best gift you’ve ever received? Paver with my name & class at the Air Force Academy

How would you describe your personal style? “Just the facts, Ma’am”

The WGPR team would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

 

We are proud to announce that the WGPR family has gained a couple new members lately. We would like to formally introduce our awesome marketing & PR superstar, Anna Gilligan, and amazing intern, Megan Ludzenski.

We are so excited to have you two on our team and we can’t wait to see what wonderful things you do. Welcome to the team!

One of the Wellington Group Marketing & PR core values is “laugh hard, work hard,” and boy do we live up to it. Our office is a tight-knit group of individuals with quirky personalities and passionate spirits. Our team is incredibly unique, and we want to invite you to see a little behind the scenes of what it’s like to be surrounded with so many strong-willed and impressive individuals.

Our next team member to introduce to you is Rachel, our fearless senior account executive. Rachel is described as friendly, thoughtful, tenacious and smart by the rest of the WGPR team. Organized and always smiling, we can always count on Rachel to keep us all in line! So, without further ado, we introduce:

Rachel Hoffman

What is your favorite animal? ELEPHANTS! 

What’s your favorite color? Turquoise

What’s your favorite book? The Great Gatsby

What’s your favorite movie? Anyone who knows me will know that my favorite movie of all time is Back To The Future….

What’s your favorite TV show? I think my favorite TV show of all time would have to be The O.C. But since I’m no longer in high school, my favorite current TV show is Mr. Robot. But I will have no shame in saying that I’m a huge sucker for the Real Housewives franchise….

What is your favorite song? This is tough! Let me first start by saying my favorite band is The White Stripes. A close second would be Mac DeMarco because I’ve been obsessed with him ever since I saw him at ACL. But after careful consideration, neither of those artists sing my favorite song. That top spot will most definitely have to go to The Cure’s Just Like Heaven because anytime that song comes on I immediately start dancing.

What is your favorite food? Migas breakfast tacos, chips and queso, chiliquiles, chocolate chip cookies, funfetti cupcakes #fat

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Last summer, my wonderful boyfriend Michael and I would go to Barton Springs one night a week for Night Swim. It was awesome and I plan to do it again this year. Besides that, I love a good BBQ family cookout or crawfish boil!

What is your favorite form of exercise? Running and yoga

What is your favorite time of year? Sweet, sweet summertime

At what age did you become an adult? I don’t think I truly felt like an adult until I started paying rent and bills on my own. This started at the age of 23, which is probably why that entire year I kept singing, “Nobody likes you when your twentyyyyy three” (Blink 182’s What’s My Age Again?).

If you could be any fictional character, who would you be? Summer Roberts from The OC because she gets to marry Seth Cohen and that’s all I ever wanted in life…

If you won the lottery, what would you spend it on? A European vacation to share with my boyfriend and best friends!

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet? BEYONCE, Jack White, John Lennon, Shia LaBeouf or Stevie Nicks.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received? I’ve been told that I am a very good teacher/explainer, which truly means a lot to me since I sometimes feel like I talk in circles and ramble… as this questionnaire showcases.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? I’d go back to Barcelona or London in a heartbeat. Paella and fish & chips? Yes please.

Favorite sports teams? *If applicable The Houston Texans are my team, although they keep letting me down. And I’ll give our Longhorns a shout too. Texas, Texas Yeehaw!

What is the best gift you’ve ever received? I still remember the day my dad surprised me with tickets to see The Spice Girls. I was like 8 years old and the concert was on a school night. Needless to say, I felt extremely cool the next day. More recently, my mom surprised me with Taylor Swift tickets and yet again, I felt extremely cool the next day.

How would you describe your personal style? My style changes daily! Some days you’ll see me in bright colors and patterns and other days you’ll see me in all black. I love a good wedge but other times I just want to wear a pair of chucks. And while I don’t really showcase it at work, I LOVE wearing lipstick. And tons of rings.

This month we are throwing it back with a little Michael Jackson, Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys. So go ahead and crank it up loud and pick up the pace because there’s no way you’ll get a less than awesome workout when you’ve got P.Y.T. to groove to. Give it a listen on Spotify:

Here at Wellington Group Marketing & PR, we’ve got core values that we live out each and every day. When we find ourselves in a pickle and we don’t know what to do, we look to our values to point us in the right direction. With a mission to help entrepreneurs grow their companies, drive revenue and sleep better at night, we work hard everyday to reach goals and we do this by focusing on our values. Having a set of values that encourages teamwork, service, honesty and laughter is what gets us moving and excited to serve our awesome list of clients. Read on to find out what each of our values mean and how we practice them each day.

 

Laugh Hard, Work Hard

It’s no surprise we are a silly bunch who enjoys taking a break to have a good laugh. We work hard everyday serving our clients, but every now and then we take a few minutes to share funny stories and just enjoy each other’s company. Not convinced yet, just check out our love for dancing chickens, laughing cows and Patrick Swayze (skip to 2:47).

 

Yes, and… Attitude

When asked to take on a task, we respond with “Yes, and what else can I do?” This “yes, and…” attitude encourages collaboration, brainstorming and innovation. We’ve taken it a step further and even had pillows designed with our special core value embodied on them. It serves as a gentle reminder to always ask ourselves what else we can be doing for our clients.

 

Wow Through Service

Wowing our clients through our talents and services is what we do best. We set high goals and expectations in order to exceed expectations. We want each and every person on our awesome team to see that we talk the talk and walk the walk.

 

Team-Focused and Team-Driven

We serve our clients as a team, not as individuals. There is never just one of us working to reach a client’s goal. We do it as a team and we like it that way. Being team-focused and team-driven is the reason we get such awesome results! Behold the power of we!

 

Lovingly Honest

This is our newest core value and we think it’s great! If we see something that isn’t quite right, we let each other and our clients know in a manner that is respectful and loving. There’s never a reason to be harsh.

 

 

What are some of your favorite core values? We’d love to know! Leave us a comment below.

One of the traits of good public relations pros is being flexible and prepared for whatever the day throws at you. We are constantly on the move and trying to wow clients through service. The contents of our workbags reflect just that – ever ready and on-the-move. Who knows when floss and a couple of bobby pins will come in handy!

Today we are taking a look into what our Marketing & PR Guru Rachel keeps in her bag:

 

What do you keep in your bag?